Sunday, April 18, 2010

Bird Brain is Migrating!

I started up this Bird Brain Journals blog for those folks out there who might be exclusively interested in my birding-related drawings and journals entries, rather than the various comics, illustrations, and other projects that I blog about in my other, more general creative blog, Friend or Foe. However, I've started to realize that I am double blogging a lot of stuff, so I'm going to move this blog over to Friend or Foe now!

So, all future (and past) updates on my Bird Brain activities (including process shots, photos, field trip descriptions, etc) will be cohabiting with my other projects over at Friend or Foe. However, I will be labeling everything BB-related with the "bird brain" tag, so it will be easy to filter out the other stuff if you couldn't give a hoot about anything other than birds and nature!

Thanks for the continued support and interest!

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Bird Brain 4 out for Stumptown + BB Painting at Tinlark Gallery

Wow, its a busy week for Bird Brain! First off, BB 4 will be coming out next weekend for the Stumptown Comics Fest up in Portland! I actually have a ton of illos and writing left to do this week, but I have faith that it can all get done! This issue will have lots of great sightings in it due to my three great field trips since the last issue (Las Gallinas, Point Reyes, and Año Nuevo), including Northern Harriers, a Peregrine Falcon, Turkey Vultures, Western Bluebirds, and a color spread of a Varied Thrush we found late last year (above)! Plus some bonus non-avian encounters, including a bobcat and Elephant Seals! Family Style will be sharing some space at the Global Hobo table, so look for me there!

Secondly, if anyone is down in LA this month, the original of that color Varied Thrush illo from BB 4 will be on display as part of the Oodles of Doodles group show at Tinlark Gallery in Hollywood! The opening is on Saturday, April 24 (obviously, I can't be in two places at once, so I won't be there), lots of amazing artists, should be rad!

Friday, February 19, 2010

Shorebirds of Las Galinas

My birder-extraordinaire pal Jeanne Marie and her husband Jim (no slouch himself) took me out for a nice morning of birding at the Las Galinas wastewater treatment facility, which is much nicer than its name implies. With thier help I saw tons of birds that I either hadn't seen before or wouldn't have been able to identify, esp. lots of lovely shorebirds and ducks. I'll be posting more sketches of the birds we saw in the coming weeks (expect the next Bird Brain to be full of stuff from this one trip alone). Here are two of the shorebird species we saw, the Black-necked Stilt and the American Avocet.

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Bird Brain 3 out for Indy Euphoria this Sunday

I am putting the finishing touches on the latest issue of Bird Brain (you can see the Gocco-printed covers above). This issue is all about local birds, spotted within the confines of San Francisco; but there are quite a few new sightings for me in there, from the elusive Brown Creeper to some sketches of two species of egrets, a Great and a Snowy, which I spotted within ten feet of each other on Crissy Field. Below is a photo I snapped of them by using my binoculars to do some very rough digiscoping with the camera on my iPhone! Pretty rough, I know, but I sort of like the effect:

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

This issue also features a first for BB, a full-color centerfold! I was so happy with my painting of a starling that I decided to do some more sketches and create a two-page spread about these garrulous, ubiquitous birds. Look for more color plates in future issues...

I'll be at the Indy Euphoria in Sacramento on Sunday 1/10 ONLY. I'll have all three issues of Bird Brain along with tons of other Family Style stuff, including a new (and very funny) comic from my pal Nick St. John.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

European Starling - In Color!

Starling - Ink + Gouache

I did this little ink and gouache illo for a friend's holiday gift... but I might also have some interesting ideas for incorporating a bit of color into future issues of Bird Brain, including the soon to be released third issue (coming out for Indy Euphoria in Sacramento, Jan. 9+ 10)!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Downy Woodpecker at SFSU

I spotted this little guy a couple weeks back while I was checking out some Pygmy Nuthatches in the trees on campus at SF State. They are actually cutting down a lot of the trees lately... I don't know why, I'm sure the groundskeepers have their reasons, but it is still sad and I hope that these birds which rely on the Monterrey Pines on campus for their food and habitat won't be displaced!

Today, Hannah and I took a morning walk through Alamo Square, Buena Vista, and the Panhandle, and saw the following:

Scrub Jays
Anna's Hummingbirds
Black Pheobe
??? Warbler
Red Tail Hawks
Chestnut Backed Chickadee (?)
Giant fungus fruiting from a tree

I'll be back later this week with a pic of something we found yesterday which is really exciting and will be the source of a Bird Brain-related project in the coming month!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Journal Entries from Russian River Trip

My wonderful friend Kate celebrated her birthday by going on a canoeing day-trip on the Russian river up in Marin County, and I was lucky enough to go along... In between rope swings and a delcious picnic lunch, I got lots of chances to "show off" my bird-nerd status by identifying these guys for my canoeing companions. A great day in the outdoors, with three (!) new sightings for me, all below.

Expect the new issue of Bird Brain out for APE this weekend, if all goes well. I have a lot of drawings and birding to do to meet my deadline, but I think I can doit... if I absolutely need to I'll include some older illos from older journals.